Teachers pen Parliament over promotions

A group of teachers with Master’s Degree teaching in public college and government secondary schools have petitioned Parliament seeking for the lawmakers` intervention on their promotion in the civil service.

The teachers, who are over 100, said they have not being promoted despite working on their post graduate studies and attaining Master of Education qualification.

According to Chairperson of the teachers Modester Banda Nkhoma, it is worrisome to note that the teachers are not recognised and considered for promotion despite upgrading their qualifications.

“As teachers holding Masters of Education degrees we have to be considered in terms of promotions as well as redeployment into other organisations where we will be of much relevant.

“For instance currently most of us are still teaching in secondary schools after having obtained a Masters of Education degree several years ago, we haven’t moved in terms of promotions we are still on the same grade,” said Nkhoma.

Upon receiving the petition, Chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Science and Technology Brianax Kaise sympathised with teachers and promised that his Committee will intervene on their grievances.

“Indeed these people need something from the government as one way of motivating them even those who have upgraded themselves, they all need to be considered,” he said.

During the forthcoming Cluster meetings as our Committee we are going to call all the stakeholders the complaints and those from the Ministry of Education including from the Human Resources Department to tackle this issue,” said Kaise.

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